Thursday, March 20, 2008

Oh Yoko

From Pop Feminist's Woman of the Week:

Yoko Ono

An affirmation/celebration of femininity, feminine sexuality, feminism.
In her own words, and through her partnership with John.

"This society is driven by neurotic speed and force accelerated by greed, and frustration of not being able to live up to the image of men and woman we have created for ourselves; the image has nothing to do with the reality of people."

"The whole world is starting to realize that it was the most unwise thing for our society to have ignored women power, to run the society with male priorities. Desperation is finally opening the door to wisdom."
-Yoko Ono, 2007

And the word was Love.

John Lennon's
Bag One

Pop Feminist Archive:
Woman is the Nigger of the World

Primal Scream

What makes this less artistically viable than most hyper-masculine punk? Is the abandon of "the scream", a gendered expression? Is this women's art, that has been silenced and sneered at by the masculine culture industry? Has it taken the ardent approval of a Beatle to have this even heard? Yoko seems so avant-garde, bizarre, and singular.
But what about....

Is this sound only acceptable when individual feminine agency is disappeared in the masses? Is this sound only acceptable when it seems to denote adoration of the masculine subject? Are teen idols just an excuse for young women to express extreme emotions in a society that won't allow them to?
Yoko would not be so hated if she was but one of many screaming for John.

Pop matters
Peace is feminist

It's Real by John Lennon

Oh, but it is!

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